Field Services

Field Services include career and technical education and training, transition from school to work or postsecondary education, on-the-job training, and ancillary support services that clients may need to obtain and/or maintain competitive employment. Anyone who is a legal Arkansas resident can apply for services. Please contact the office nearest you to set up an appointment for an initial interview with a Vocational Rehabilitation Counselor (VRC). The VRC will assist you with obtaining the necessary assessments, if appropriate, to determine eligibility. Eligibility normally occurs within 60 days of your initial interview. If found eligible, you and the VRC will develop an Individual Plan for Employment (IPE) to set employment goals.

To learn more about our programs and services, please call (800) 330-0632 or locate a field office nearest you.

For information on ARS policy and procedure, review our Service Manual.

As a workforce development partner, Arkansas Rehabilitation Services (ARS) assists clients with finding the right job so they can lead productive and independent lives. Business Engagement services also assists businesses in achieving a competitive advantage by offering qualified job candidates who are trained in a wide variety of skills and have the good work habits that employers value.  

Employers from every job sector, including federal contractors, indicate that hiring individuals with disabilities helps them reduce training costs and increase job retention rates, while improving workforce diversity.

Through an individualized assessment, the Business Engagement consultant will get to know ARS clients so they can assist the client and business with finding the right person for the right job.

Services include (for clients and business partners):

  • Job matching - assess requirements and identify matches using individualized career assessment tools.
  • Job placement - assist clients with finding employment per their vocational goal.
  • Post-employment services - may include assistive technology and additional education available to former clients who may require services to maintain, regain or advance in employment.

To learn more, please contact the Business Engagement office at 501-296-1665.

Pam - ARS Client

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Arkansas Rehabilitation Services works to provide opportunities for Rehabilitation counselors and schools to develop partnerships in an effort to prepare high school students with disabilities the knowledge, skills, and abilities to achieve successful transition from high school to post-secondary life.

The Vocational Rehabilitation (VR) Transition Counselor works with students, teachers, principals, and other appointed school staff, as well as, families and community resources. Together they coordinate services and develop programs with the intent to improve and provide quality post-school outcomes through student engagement in Vocational Rehabilitation programs.

Learn more about Transition Services, Youth Leadership Forum, OWL, and the Inclusion Film Camp..

Services
for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing (SDHH)

It is the mission of SDHH to provide high quality, innovative services that result in employment opportunities, improved quality of life and full inclusion in society for Arkansans who are deaf, hard of hearing, late-deafened, and deafblind. The professional staff of SDHH is knowledgeable about the unique barriers faced by people with hearing loss and speech disabilities, and is experienced in collaborating with both the person experiencing the barrier as well as the community at large to develop effective solutions.

Learn more about SDHH

The Searcy One-Stop Center houses several state offices whose missions compliment each other. If one agency’s resources are not appropriate to help a customer, perhaps another agency can provide a more apt service.

The ARS office at the Searcy One-Stop includes a counselor who serves White County, a RIDAC psychological examiner who travels extensively to serve the needs of District II, and a medical services liaison who also travels throughout the district to negotiate medical fees with hospitals and doctors.

For more information, please contact:

Kimberly Clayborn, District II Manager
501 West Arch, Searcy, AR 72143
Phone: 501-268-4542
Email: [email protected]

The Small Business Program exists to allow clients with entrepreneurial pursuits to seek self–employment as a realistic employment goal. Thorough evaluation of eligible individuals is necessary to assure the feasibility of this employment objective.

For more information contact:

Jeff Jackson, Small Business Consultant
Phone: 501-683-3582
Email: [email protected]

Arkansas Rehabilitation Services
Practicum & Intern Opportunities

Overview

Arkansas Rehabilitation Services (ARS) offers non-paid practicums and internships for undergraduate and graduate students. ARS offers placement opportunities to students whose educational background aligns with vocational rehabilitation services. We are strongly interested in offering students an opportunity to work closely with a certified rehabilitation counselor (CRC). Onsite and virtual opportunities are available.

Benefits

Our staff helps thousands of individuals with disabilities each year with meeting vocational outcomes. You will have an opportunity to work directly with your onsite supervisor to implement the many things you have learned during your educational experience. 

Responsibilities

Candidates chosen to complete a practicum or intern placement with the agency will be expected to coordinate client services including conducting intakes and vocational assessments; determining eligibility; providing vocational counseling; developing Individual Plans for Employment; providing transition services; and any other service needed to help Arkansans with disabilities with achieving a vocational outcome.  The candidate will also be expected to work in the electronic case file system documenting actions taken throughout the counseling process. In addition to working with the placement supervisor, the candidate will be expected to participate in staff meetings, staff training, and any other activity deemed necessary by the local Rehabilitation Area Manager or the Deputy Chief of Field Services.


How to Apply

To apply for a practicum or internship placement at ARS please complete the following:

  • Complete a VR Practicum/Internship Application.
  • Submit a letter of recommendation from your Internship Coordinator or academic advisor.
  • Your request must be received at least 30 days prior to your expected start date.
  • Your application must identify your preferred placement site.

 

Send your application materials to:

Dr. Deandriea Bass-Carrigan
Attn: Practicum/Internship
1 Commerce Way, Suite 206
Little Rock, AR, 72201

OR

[email protected]

OR

Fax it to: 501.730.9728